Black Snow: A Theatrical Novel
Harvill Press, 1999 - 171 pagina's
When Maxudov's novel, fails, he attempts suicide. When that fails, he dramatizes his novel. To Maxudov's surprise -- and the resentment of literary Moscow -- the play is accepted by the legendary Independent Theater, and Maxudov plunges into a vortex of inflated egos. Each rehearsal, sees more and more sparks flying higher and higher ... and less and less chance of poor Maxudov's play ever being performed. Black Snow is the ultimate backstage novel, and a brilliant satire on Mikhail. Bulgakov's ten-year love-hate relationship with Stanislavsky, Method acting, and the Moscow Arts Theater.
After a lifetime spent struggling against censorship, not least in the theater, Bulgakov died in 1940, not long after completing his masterpiece, The Master and Margarita. None of his major fiction was published during his lifetime.
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A turn on the revolving chair, a turn back - and Gavriil Stepanovich was holding
the contract. 'Only I don't know - should I sign it without having it agreed by Ivan
Vasilievich?' Here Gavriil Stepanovich cast a quick involuntary glance at the ...
'He want to kill him,' said Gavriil Stepanovich coldly. The man with the tray
groaned softly and dropped a spoon. 'Where was Pakin while you were at the
buffet?' enquired Augusta Avdeyevna. 'Pakin went to see about the car,' the man
asked Gavriil Stepanovich sympathetically. 'No,' I replied, regretfully. 'We bad an
actor who got into trouble. He went to the races and just imagine — he won
fifteen hundred roubles. But I shouldn't follow his example. I can tell you as a
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LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - nosajeel - LibraryThing
It is not only a reflection on me that I managed to read 30 or 40 pages of this book before realizing that I had read it before, more than fifteen years ago, translated under the title Black Snow. It is inconceivable that something similar could happen with even the first two paragraphs Volledige review lezen
LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing
Bulgakov knows how to write a fine novel - this one all about the hilariously bizarre and frustrating world of stage plays. It ends very abruptly, but the author was about to die. A shame, but it can be more than excused. A wonderfully funny book. Volledige review lezen